Jenny Maakal

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameJenny Genoveva•Maakal (-Thomas)
Used nameJenny•Maakal
Born2 August 1913 in Rayton (RSA)
Died15 September 2002 in Durban (RSA)
NOC South Africa
Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 0
Bronze 1
Total 1


In addition to competing at the 1932 Olympics, Jenny Maakal won a silver medal in the 1934 British Empire Games 4x110 yards freestyle relay. She placed fifth at the 1930 British Empire Games in the 440 yard freestyle. Maakal’s mother had to take out a loan on their home to finance her daughter’s journey to Los Angeles. As there was a risk they would lose their house, her teammates on the boxing team held a successful charity event at which they raised enough money to pay the debt.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1932 Summer Olympics Swimming (Aquatics) RSA Jenny Maakal
100 metres Freestyle, Women (Olympic) 6
400 metres Freestyle, Women (Olympic) 3 Bronze
100 metres Backstroke, Women (Olympic) DNS
200 metres Breaststroke, Women (Olympic) DNS

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